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12:36 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

20 years of Vail Jazz - a year round effort

Earlier this summer, Poncho Sanchez got people dancing at Vail Square.
Credit Charles Townsend Bessent

Fifty world class jazz artists and 12 of the best high school players in the nation make up the Vail Jazz Party, in its 20th year this Labor Day weekend.  But the party is only the culmination of a year round effort, says Robin Litt, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation.

"We're a 12-week long festival, and I'm not sure there are many like that," said Litt, who's justifiably proud of the 45 performances they put together.  But wait - there's more.

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Jazz Education
10:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Vail Jazz Workshop - 12 of the best HS players in U.S.

Some of the reed and brass players in the Vail Jazz Workshop 2013 class.
Credit Justin McCarty / www.VailDaily.com

Only 12 slots exist at the annual Vail Jazz Workshop.  For this year's class, a committee had to pare down a record number of applicants - 130 of them -  so that Workshop director / bassist John Clayton and his faculty could select the finalists.  Clayton visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about his own jazz education and the climate at this year's 10-day jazz intensive.

"These are 12 of the top high school players in the nation," said Clayton.  "It blows our mind how much vocabulary and insight they have at such a young age."  

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Eats & Beats
12:31 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Eats & Beats: Welton St. Cafe - soul food!

Five stars on Google!  Four out of five stars on Yelp.com.  Five stars out of five on UrbanSpoon.com.  The Dickerson family has run the Welton Street Cafe (2736 Welton St., Denver, 80205) for most of Fathima Dickerson's 27 years.  She visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to tell a few stories from their acclaimed family soul food restaurant.

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Music
2:08 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Vinyl Vault: "On the Live Side" Ben Sidran, 1986

This week’s Vinyl Vault features Ben Sidran, “On the Live Side” which includes the hilarious “Good Travel Agent,” an extended riff on the three key things it takes to play jazz. Hint: the first two are a bad romance and a good travel agent. You’ll have to tune in to learn the third key ingredient.

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Music
3:48 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Final New Music Monday of August Goes Organic !

Our final New Music Monday edition of August goes organic as the 2 leading debut CDs feature the B3 organ!

We'll premiere the latest by Akiko (Tsuruga) who once again will be playing next weekend at the 20th Annual Vail Jazz Party!  Her newest is titled Commencement as she continues her burgeoning career by dropping her surname and just using her first name,  either way she still plays a mean B3. She is accompanied by John Hart-guitar and Jeff Hamilton-drums who will also be part of the spectacular Labor Day Weekend in Vail.

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